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Value: Special Libraries & Value

Libraries are focusing on gathering information on value and worth and on the roles that their facilities, services and resources - including library professionals - play in the success of their constituents.

Special Libraries & Value

Americans for the Arts. “Arts and Economic Prosperity III: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences.” 2010.

British Library: Measuring Our Value http://www.bl.uk/cgi-bin/press.cgi?story=1399 http://www.bl.uk/pdf/measuring.pdf

 

Botha, Erika, Rene Erasmus, and Martie Van Deventer. “Evaluating the Impact of a Special Library and Information Service.”Journal of Librarianship and Information Science 41, no. 2 (2009): 108123.

 

Buja, M.D, L. Maximillian and Boutwell, PhD, Bryant. Don’t Underestimate, Undervalue, or Underfund Libraries. Texas Medical Center, 2013.

 

Chung, HyeKyung. “Measuring the Economic Value of Special Libraries.” The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances 20, no. 1 (2007): 3044.

 

Edgar, William. “Corporate Library Impact, Part I: A Theoretical Approach.” Library Quarterly 74, no. 2 (2004): 122151.

 

Elmore, Justina M., and Charissa O. Jefferson. 2014. “Business Librarians Donning the Data Hat: Perspectives on This New Challenge.” Public Services Quarterly 10 (3): 252–62.

 

Matarazzo, James M., and Laurence Prusak. “Valuing Corporate Libraries: A Senior Management Survey.” Special Libraries 81, no. 2 (1990): 102‐110.

 

Matarazzo. The Value of Corporate Libraries: Findings from a 1995 Survey of Senior Management. Washington, D.C.: Special Libraries Association, 1995.

 

Matthews, Joseph R. “Determining and Communicating the Value of the Special Library.” Information Outlook 7, no. 3 (2003).

 

Matthews, Joseph R. The Bottom Line: Determining and Communicating the Value of the Special Library. Westport, Connecticut: Libraries Unlimited, 2002.

 

Matthews, Joseph. The Evaluation and Measurement of Library Services. Westport, Connecticut: Libraries Unlimited, 2007.

 

Mondschein, Lawrence G. “SDI Use and Productivity in the Corporate Research Environment.” Special Libraries 81, no. 4 (1990): 265‐279.

 

Nef Consulting. Proving Value and Improving Practice: A Discussion About Social Return on Investment. Museums Libraries Archives Council, 2009.

 

Portugal, Frank H. Valuating Information Intangibles: Measuring the Bottom Line Contribution of Librarians and Information Professionals. Washington, D.C.: Special Libraries Association, 2000.

 

OCLC. “Research Collections and Support” and “User Studies.” OCLC.

Plutchak, T. Scott. Determining Value. J Med Libr Assoc. 2002 Jul; 90(3): 273–275.

 

Sakalaki, Maria, and Smaragda Kazi. “How Much is Information Worth? Willingness to Pay for Expert and Non‐Expert Informational Goods Compared to Material Goods in Lay Economic Thinking.” Journal of Information Science 33, no. 3 (2007): 315‐325.

 

Shumaker, David. Models of Embedded Librarianship. Special Libraries Association, 2009.

 

Strand, Jill. “Strike Up the Brand: How to Market Your Value to the Rest of the World.” Information Outlook, 2004: 11‐15.

 

Stratus Consulting. “Business Case for Information Services: EPA’s Regional Libraries and Centers.” 2004.

 

Stratus Consulting. “What is Impact Assessment and Why is it Important?” Performance Measurement and Metrics 10, no. 2 (2009): 134‐141.

 

Strouse, Roger. “Corporate Information Centers in the Year of Accountability.” Online 25, no. 4 (2001).

Sykes, Jan. “Measuring Our Value So We Can Market It.” Information Outlook Volume: 5, Issue: 3 (2001): 15.

 

Sykes, Jan. “Value as Calculation and Value as Contribution to the Organization.” Information Outlook Vol. 7 No. 3 (March 2003): 11‐ 13.

 

The Value of Public Libraries (IFLA) http://archive.ifla.org/IV/ifla71/papers/119e-Aabo.pdf

Urquhart, Christine. “How Do I Measure the Impact of My Service?” In Evidence‐Based Practice for Information Professionals, edited by Andrew Booth and A. Brice, 210‐222. London: Facet, 2004.


Veenstra, R. J., and E. H. Gluck. “A Clinical Librarian Program in the Intensive Care Unit.” Critical Care Medicine 20 (1992): 1038‐1042.

 

Wagner, K. C., and G. D. Byrd. “Evaluating the Effectiveness of Clinical Medical Librarian Programs: A Systematic Review of the Literature.” Journal of the Medical Library Association 92 (2004): 14‐33.

 

 

Whitehall, Tom. “Value in Library and Information Management: A Review.” Library Management 16, no. 4 (1995): 3‐11.

 

Wilson, Richard M S, Joan Stenson, and Charles Oppenheim. Valuation of Information Assets. Research Report, Loughborough University, 2000.

 

Winning, M. A., and C. A. Beverley. “Clinical Librarianship: A Systematic Review of the Literature.” Health and Information Libraries Journal 20 (2003): 10‐21.

 

Zipperer, Lorri and Sykes, Jan. “Engaging as Partners in Patient Safety: The Experience of Librarians.”Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare. (March/April 2009): 28‐33.

 

Zipperer, Lorri and Sykes, Jan. “The Role of Librarians in Patient Safety: Gaps and Strengths in the Current Culture.” Journal of the Medical Library Association Vol. 92 No. 4 (October 2004): 498‐500.

What does value mean in Special Libraries?

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Designations of "special libraries" or departments can be found in all types and sizes of libraries both in the profit and non-profit sector. Because many special libraries are in the profit sector, however; much value research comes out of such a service who - technically doesn't "charge" - but must contribute to a bottom line as well as justify not just funding increasing, but their existence and often, annually.

In addition, special libraries in health sciences environments are guided by evidence-based ways of doing business. Hence, the need to gather data and view the library under the lens of the need for proof or evidence illustrating or proving worth and value.

Examples of Speciall Library Value Data

Elmore, Justina M., and Charissa O. Jefferson. 2014. “Business Librarians Donning the Data Hat: Perspectives on This New Challenge.” Public Services Quarterly 10 (3): 252–62.

 

Matarazzo, James M., and Laurence Prusak. “Valuing Corporate Libraries: A Senior Management Survey.” Special Libraries 81, no. 2 (1990): 102‐110.

 

Mondschein, Lawrence G. “SDI Use and Productivity in the Corporate Research Environment.” Special Libraries 81, no. 4 (1990): 265‐279.

 

Shumaker, David. Models of Embedded Librarianship. Special Libraries Association, 2009.

 

Stratus Consulting. “Business Case for Information Services: EPA’s Regional Libraries and Centers.” 2004.

 

Veenstra, R. J., and E. H. Gluck. “A Clinical Librarian Program in the Intensive Care Unit.” Critical Care Medicine 20 (1992): 1038‐1042.

 

Wagner, K. C., and G. D. Byrd. “Evaluating the Effectiveness of Clinical Medical Librarian Programs: A Systematic Review of the Literature.” Journal of the Medical Library Association 92 (2004): 14‐33.

 

Zipperer, Lorri and Sykes, Jan. “Engaging as Partners in Patient Safety: The Experience of Librarians.”Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare. (March/April 2009): 28‐33.

 

Zipperer, Lorri and Sykes, Jan. “The Role of Librarians in Patient Safety: Gaps and Strengths in the Current Culture.” Journal of the Medical Library Association Vol. 92 No. 4 (October 2004): 498‐500.


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